Doctors Remotely Operated On A Corpse Using A Robot And 5G

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Doctors Remotely Operated On A Corpse Using A Robot And 5G
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Doctors remotely operated on a corpse using a robot and 5G

In the long term, the technology may prove useful for urgent assistance to living people in remote areas.

Doctors remotely operated on a corpse using a robot and 5G
Doctors remotely operated on a corpse using a robot and 5G

Photo: American College of Physicians

Italian surgeons performed remote microsurgery using a 5G mobile network. The surgeon was at a distance of about 15 kilometers from the patient. True, the patient this time was a corpse. The report of the telesurgical experiment was posted by the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The first long-distance operation was carried out in 2001. A surgeon in the United States removed the gallbladder of a patient in France. The connection between the doctor and the surgical robot was provided using a cable. This achievement has not been repeated since then due to the limited number of robots and also due to the lack of reliable communication networks.

With the advent of the next generation of high-speed mobile networks (5G) and the increasing availability of robots, telesurgery may become routine. Italian surgeons were already using 5G for consultation: specialists were directing the operation, which was performed by less qualified doctors. Now the same group of scientists has directly performed at a distance a very complex microsurgical laser surgery on the larynx of a corpse.

The operating surgeon was in Milan, and the corpse on which the operation was performed was in a laboratory 15 kilometers from the city. The body was prepared for the operation by two assistants, the procedure was carried out using the 5G network.

A high-resolution 3D video signal traveled from the robot to the surgeon in an average of 102 milliseconds. The surgeon effectively controlled the robot, laser and clamps, the report said. Scientists emphasize the convenience of the interface through which the operation was performed.

Scientists noted that conducting operations via a mobile network can be especially relevant for use in remote communities or in various disasters.

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